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Choose your Username.  For the privacy and safety of you and/or your sailor, NO LAST NAMES ARE ALLOWED, even if your last name differs from that of your sailor (please make sure your URL address does not include your last name either).  Also, please do not include your email address in your user name. Go to "Settings" above to set your Username.  While there, complete your Profile so you can post and share photos and videos of your Sailor and share stories with other moms!

Make sure to read our Community Guidelines and this Navy Operations Security (OPSEC) checklist - loose lips sink ships!

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OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. There are now tickets issued, and there are no longer parking passes for PIR.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in June


DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in June

This group is for N4M members that have a loved one leaving for bootcamp in June...I will leave the year open so that even future Deppers leaving in the month of June of any year can join...Lets share stories, information, concerns, and questions

Members: 649
Latest Activity: Dec 28, 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to the Navy!!! This Group was started for the loved one of DEPPERS leaving in the month of June (although everyone is welcome).......What year you say? Well ......any year!

If you have June ship out issues/questions etc., need specific information, (or have some to share) or just want to talk to someone that is where you are, with a Recruit leaving for and arriving in BC in June, ...then this is the place to be. :-)

Remember, don't "miss 'em while you're with them!" :) Make the most of every precious moment together before they leave. This will be a big transition for both of you! We'll be here for you every step of the way...

Once your recruit has arrived at RTC, the next stop here is to join the group Boot Camp for Moms (and loved ones)  Hangout and ask questions in this group until your form letter arrives.

Within a week to ten days after your recruit arrives at BC, you will receive "The Box." The box will contain your recruits clothes, shoes, cell phone etc. If you do not receive the box, and your recruit did not take a cell phone it is very possible s/he donated clothing items.

Approx two to three weeks after your recruit arrives you will receive the "Form Letter". The form letter will include their Ship# , DIV #, their mailing address, PIR date, and the Security Access Form. The Security Access form needs to be completed and sent back to your recruit ASAP. Keep this letter in a safe place, it has the information you will need.

The date that is on the form letter is the official date for your Recruit's Training Groups PIR (graduation), Things can always change for an individual Recruit (due to illness, injury, failure to pass a final test etc.)! So, we always recommend that you plan, if possible, to purchase Refundable or Exchangeable plane tickets.

After you have received the form letter, join the group for your recruits PIR. There you can ask questions about PIR, training, hotels etc.Those groups will be posted in the Boot Camp for Mom's group.

Thanks for joining us. We hope you will realize you are not alone, and will soon make new friends, plus feel supported and encouraged! :)

**It is very important that your future Sailor be physically fit prior to shipping to the RTC (these are new standards beginning 1/1/2018) and that he be able to pass an initial run test. See Navy Sets New Physical Fitness Standard to Start Boot Camp. "The initial run standard is evaluated on the 1.5 mile run of the first Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) at boot camp. The initial run standard for male recruits will be 16 minutes 10 seconds and 18 minutes seven seconds for female recruits."

Discussion Forum

Anyone have someone shipping out on 6/12/18?

Started by HDragonfly42. Last reply by HDragonfly42 Jul 12, 2018. 37 Replies

6/20 shippers

Started by 3boysmom. Last reply by Suz7221 Jul 3, 2018. 9 Replies

my son arrived at RTC June 27th

Started by Timothy. Last reply by Havasu Jul 3, 2018. 10 Replies

Shipping 6/21/18

Started by 3boysmom. Last reply by LRay Jul 1, 2018. 6 Replies

Son shipped out today 6/13

Started by Melissa. Last reply by lemonelephant Jun 30, 2018. 31 Replies

Phone call

Started by Sofiegirl. Last reply by Suz7221 Jun 30, 2018. 10 Replies

Day 17 and I got my letter plus 2 more!!!

Started by HDragonfly42. Last reply by CanDo!Mom Jun 29, 2018. 6 Replies

Checking on my fellow moms....

Started by HDragonfly42. Last reply by HDragonfly42 Jun 28, 2018. 6 Replies

Letters to Home

Started by Jessica. Last reply by Phoenixmom Jun 26, 2018. 1 Reply

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of DEP-Leavin for bootcamp in June to add comments!

Comment by lemonelephant on December 28, 2018 at 1:37am

Be sure to check out the discussion, Things to Do in the Last Month before Your Future Sailor Leaves for..., and to start discussing some of the things there with your future Sailor such as how to handle bad news and who will get the tickets for PIR.... 

If you have not yet joined Boot Camp Moms (and loved ones), now is a good time to do so and to begin checking out the Pages (found under the pictures of the Members) starting with OPSEC and PERSEC (Making Changes to Your Profile) (some of you have changes that you need to make--at least change 3) and then go on to Arrival and What Happens at the RTC. 

Comment by Havasu on July 14, 2018 at 4:44pm

Thank you, sherrifm! I figured that out about an hour ago. Since I am still waiting for the mailman I keep re-checking my informed delivery message just to see his handwriting. I'm feeling a bit silly about that, but doing that made me realize the differences in the envelopes/stamps. Now, back to waiting for the mailman...Hahaha!

Comment by sherrifm on July 14, 2018 at 4:28pm

Havasu if it is a mail metered piece of postage it is the form letter. If it has a stamp it is a letter from your SR!  That’s how I figured out what was what!  Yay for you!!!!  Just got our form letter yesterday and two regular letters the day before!  Either way I seemed to have a weight lifted off my shoulders just to hear from her!  What div is your SR?

Comment by Havasu on July 14, 2018 at 12:37pm

6/27 Shippers... My informed delivery shows two letters today!! I think one will be the Form letter and then another letter from my son. I am a happy Mama today!

Comment by Phoenixmom on July 6, 2018 at 10:52am

PIR: July 13, 2018 TG 36 - 7 Divisions (277-282 and 936) 

PIR: July 20, 2018 TG 37 - 11 Divisions (283-290, 817, 818 and 937) 

PIR: July 27, 2018 TG 38 - 10 Divisions (291-298. 819, and 938) 

PIR: August 03, 2018 TG 39 - 7 Divisions (299-304 and 939) 

PIR: August 10, 2018 TG 40 - 10 Divisions (305-312, 820 and 940) 

PIR: August 17, 2018 TG 41 - 9 Divisions (313-320 and 941) 

PIR: August 24, 2018 TG 42 - 11 Divisions (321-324, 327-332 and 942) 

Comment by Phoenixmom on July 6, 2018 at 10:51am

MommaV7 I am so sorry to hear this, I posted on Boot Camp Moms to see why this is Happening and I am hoping that someone can answer (one of the more Knowledgeable Ladies) I help out on BCM and I have no answer. Please let your Son Know we all are thinking of him and routing and sending Prayers his way. To keep his head up!

if for some reason it has been at least 3 calendar weeks since your recruit arrived at the RTC and you do not have The Form Letter (, then you can call the recruiter and get the address and mail letters to your recruit, but be sure to double-check the address against those at ( or Ship/Division--How it Works ( You can also download the Security Access Form ( and complete it and send it to your recruit, but your recruit has the final say as to who will attend PIR.

Comment by CanDo!Mom on July 6, 2018 at 9:37am

Congratulations to all those lucky division graduating today!  

Comment by Hikergirl on July 6, 2018 at 7:59am
I didn’t think we could send large envelopes, can we? Because I know my son didn’t have any envelopes or paper he insisted he would get it there but I don’t think they have much option to buy it that often.
Comment by Brenda on July 6, 2018 at 7:21am

MommaV7,   I am so sorry to hear this, my form letter came about two weeks after my daughter arrived.  I, like you had letters waiting to be mailed.  My heart is hurting for you, It is so hard not to be able to tell your son, "we have letters ready to mail to you". 

I am sitting here crying at work about your situation.  What a great kid you have for sharing his stamps etc...  I just sent my daughter stamps and envelopes in a large manila envelope, she also said she did not have any, I sent her two books of stamps and envelopes.  I wish she knew your son so she could return the favor to him like he so graciously  did with his fellow recruit.  Please keep me informed, I will be thinking of you.  Just know your son is safe and he is surrounded by friends that he has made. 

Comment by Californiamom on July 5, 2018 at 1:14am

So a reliable source says that for the 4th of July the kids get a barbecue. Hope it is so and our kids are having a good time , even if it's for a meal this 4th. Happy 4th of July all!


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